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Lanphier High School

1300 North 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Educator of Year Finalist and Rising Star Finalist

March 30, 2010

This is wonderful!


What a surprise!

Congratulations to Mrs. Maryna Mitchell and Ms. Kelli Oyler for being named one the Educator of the year finalists and Rising Star finalist respectively.

Maryna Mitchell – Lanphier High School – Ms. Mitchell has been a Vocal and General Music teacher for the District for the past 12 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Music from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and her master’s degree in education from University of Illinois, Springfield.

Ms. Mitchell is highly esteemed by students and co-workers for her extraordinary teaching ability. She taught a blind elementary student how to play the piano, inspired non-verbal students to speak, and encouraged deaf students to respond to rhythm. Her dedication to community service is closely related to her passion for the arts. She has led production of several school and community musical presentations and created the Mane Events Booster Club at Lanphier.

Kelli Oyler, who is a third year science teacher at Lanphier High School. Ms. Oyler is dedicated to her students and making them love science.

Congratulations to them both. We are so proud of them. They are both examples of the excellence that prevails at Lanphier High School.